bury the lede (idiomatic, US, journalism): To begin a story with details of secondary importance to the reader while postponing more essential points or facts.
Republicans in the Ohio Legislature passed some election reform bills that reduced early voting and restricted the ability of local boards of election to mail absentee ballots to voters.
Coverage of this issue in the Dispatch is a classic example of poor journalism. The Columbus Dispatch reported that the bills passed “After a bitter partisan fight.” The article then reports the back and forth between the parties. Example: “Democrats have called for . . […]Full Story... →
Currently, there are two major lawsuits pending in Ohio challenging an aspect of the state’s ban on same sex marriages.
In the first case, now headed to the Court of Appeals, a married same sex couple wants the surviving spouse listed on a death certificate. In another case, filed this week, four couples seek to list both same sex parents on their children’s birth certificates.
The theory of both cases is that Ohio does not have to allow same sex marriages, but must recognize valid same sex marriages preformed in other states – just like Ohio recognizes every […]Full Story... →
Another lawsuit has been filed to push Ohio towards marriage equality.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that four couples have filed a federal suit seeking to list both same sex parents on their children’s birth certificates. Currentlty, Ohio allows both married parents of opposite sexes to be listed on their children’s birth certificates, but only one of the married parents of a same sex couple.
The suit follows a case last year brought by a married same sex couple who wanted the surviving spouse listed on a death certificate. A copy of the complaint is available here.
The same […]Full Story... →
Apu: Pardon me, but I would like to see this money spent on more police officers. I have been shot eight times this year, and as a result, I almost missed work.
Chief Wiggum: Crybaby.
Governor Kasich with control of law enforcement money is a little like the mule with a spinning wheel. No one knows how he got it, and danged if he knows how to use it!
Now a Republican Sheriff is criticizing the law enforcement strategies of Kasich’s top cops.
Republican Sheriff Toby Spencer from Darke County is bothered by Kasich’s effort to take over […]Full Story... →
There has been a lot of progress on the same sex marriage front in recent days.
In Utah, a federal judge declared that the State of Utah’s statutory and constitutional ban on same sex marriages violated the federal constitution. This led to a flurry of same sex couples seeking marriage licenses and getting hitched.
In Ohio, a federal district court judge ruled that Ohio must recognize same sex marriages legally performed in other states on death certificates.
All of this legal maneuvering can be confusing, so we reached out to some legal experts to answer some of the […]Full Story... →
You read that right. Utah. The headquarters of the Mormon Church. The state that voted 71% for George Bush in 2004 and 73% for Mitt Romney in 2012. THAT Utah.
These men (photo from AP and USA Today) were able to be married in Utah. How F’n awesome is that?
The Utah federal judge wrote, “The State’s current laws deny its gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry and, in so […]Full Story... →
Mike DeWine has taken another step against marriage equality. He is continuing to fight against a federal court decision requiring Ohio to recognize a same sex marriage legally performed in another state.
The facts of this case, in case you forgot, are definitely compelling. Two men, John Arthur and Jim Obergefell, wished to get married before Arthur died of ALS. So they took a charter flight to Maryland, got hitched, and then sued to compel Ohio to recognize the marriage on a death certificate. We can’t link enough times to the Cincinnati Enquirer must read story.
The couple won in […]Full Story... →
One Ohio Republican is celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address by trying to re-fight the civil war.
President Lincoln described the Civil War as a test of the United States could “long endure.”
Representative John Becker has introduced a resolution which contains some notably un-Lincolnesque concepts.
Becker’s resolution asserts that “the federal government has an ever-growing propensity to violate state sovereignty.” There’s more: “The violation of state sovereignty has been a trend since the early nineteenth century and has accelerated exponentially in recent decades . . .”
The Constitution is very clear about this. Federal […]Full Story... →
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has FINALLY taken a leadership role. . . . wait for it . . . in the fight against reproductive rights.
And he is doing some pretty poor lawyering along the way.
Last week, DeWine filed a brief in the United States Supreme Court urging the court to uphold the constitutionality of severe restrictions on abortion rights passed by the Arizona legislature.
The case involves an Arizona law that forbids, except in a medical emergency, abortions after twenty weeks. The Court of Appeals found that the law “is unconstitutional under a long line of invariant […]Full Story... →
The lawsuit filed by some Ohio House Republicans and conservative interest groups trying to stop the expansion of Medicaid through the Controlling Board is now available on the Supreme Court’s website.
You can read it here, although we do not recommend it. We don’t recommend it because the complaint is full of what lawyers call “surplusage;” which is a nice term for “it has a lot of unnecessary bullshit.”
The best part is that they didn’t even get the procedure right. This is pretty embarrassing for them. As Marge Simpson says, “Homer! We just got here and already I’m […]Full Story... →
Everyone by now knows that Governor Kasich used the controlling board to do an end run around legislative Republicans and secure federal funding for the expansion of Medicaid.
The conservative Buckeye Institute, the conservative 1851 Center, and “unnamed House Republican lawmakers” intend to file a suit suggesting that the
Controlling Board vote is invalid because it does not represent the “legislative intent” of the General Assembly.
The Buckeye Institute put out a six page “white paper” supporting this novel legal argument.
“Novel” is polite lawyer speak for “stupid.”
It’s more like a version of the Chewbacca Defense:
I have […]Full Story... →